Michael Titus

Michael Titus

Associate Professor of Materials Engineering

Contact Information

Office: ARMS 2309
Phone: +1 765 49-49215
School of Materials Engineering
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 West Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

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Research Interests

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Michael's current research interests include:
  • Rapid discovery and development of high temperature structural materials
  • Solute interactions with crystalline defects
  • Thermodynamic modeling and experimental validation of high temperature oxidation
  • For more detailed information, please visit our group website at Titus Group https://engineering.purdue.edu/TitusGroup


  • Ph.D. Materials, University of California Santa Barbara, 2015
  • B.S. Engineering Physics, The Ohio State University, 2010

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2016-Present
  • Summer Faculty Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory, 2016
  • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Iron Research, 2015-2016

Selected Awards and Honors

  • TMS Young Leader International Scholar - JIM, The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, 2019
  • Outstanding Mentor of Engineering Graduate Students, College of Engineering, Purdue University, 2019
  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2019
  • TMS SMD Young Leaders Professional Development Award, 2018

Selected Publications

  • M.S. Titus, R.K. Rhein, P.B. Wells, P.C. Dodge, G.B. Viswanathan, M.J. Mills, A. Van der Ven, and T.M. Pollock, “Solute segregation and deviation from bulk thermodynamics at nanoscale crystalline defects,” Science Advances 2:e1601796, (2016). [doi]
  • M.P. Echlin, M.S. Titus, M. Straw, P. Gumbsch, and T.M. Pollock, "Femtosecond laser interactions with functional materials,” Acta Materialia 124 , 37-46 (2017). [doi]
  • M.S. Titus, A. Mottura, G.B. Viswanathan, M.J. Mills, and T.M. Pollock. High Resolution Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy Mapping of Planar Defects in L12-containing Co-base Superalloys,” Acta Materialia  85, 423-437 (2015). [doi]
  • For a full list of publications, please see Google Scholar Profile.


  • MSE 190 Introduction to Materials Engineering
  • MSE 235 Materials Structure and Properties Laboratories
  • MSE 536 Solidification Processing
  • MSE 597 Superalloys and High Temperature

Open Positions

Our group currently has open Ph.D. positions. For more information on applying and topics, please visit: https://engineering.purdue.edu/TitusGroup/research

Research Interests

Selected Publications